2016 Recipients~

January – Lenawee County Continuum of Care

The Lenawee County Continuum of Care was created as required by HUD to provide community wide commitment to ending homelessness.  This organization has developed long term strategic plans and manages a year round effort to identify and address the needs of at-risk or literally homeless individuals and families.  Lenawee CoC will be using the Hometown Hope marketing grant to share information about Project Connect.  Project Connect is an annual event that links individuals and families who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness to immediate resources, services, programs and more. 

February – Communities In Schools of the Tecumseh Area (CISTA)
CISTA has been partnering with Tecumseh Public Schools for 20 years in an effort to keep students engaged in school and graduating on time.  Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  CISTA will use their Hometown Hope grant to raise awareness about the concerns facing today’s youth by having the ROX girls program (a new initiative at CISTA) create empowering messages regarding self-image, the importance of relationships, how to best navigate social media and stay safe. 

March – Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County (HFHLC)
HFHLC was established in 1989 by a group of people committed to reducing substandard housing through the building of affordable homes in Lenawee County.  In 2006 they opened the HFHLC Re-store to help fund their mission and reduce waste in building materials.  Habitat will use their grant to reach out to residents in need of home repairs and assist them in coordinating the necessary funds and encourage residents to take simple steps to beautify their properties.  They will also work to complete a complete restoration of 521 Frank Street in preparation for a fall of 2016 sale date. 

April – Hospice of Lenawee

Hospice of Lenawee provides compassionate, patent and family centered care to people of our community during and after the last season of life. Our hospice organization is staffed with a full interdisciplinary team to serve 130-140 patients.  Hospice of Lenawee plan to use the grant to publicize an exciting partnership with Siena Heights University.  They will be collaborating on a theatrical production through the Hospice Foundation of America.  Their goal is to bring people of a younger generation into the mix, teach them about Hospice and then allow them to teach others. 

May – Lenawee Department on Aging  

The Lenawee Department on Aging has grown since the first vision became a reality with the Adrian Senior Center in 1966.  They now host seven senior centers, Daybreak Adult Day Services, the Foster Grandparent Program, volunteer transportation for non-emergency medical appointments, meals on wheels, and home maker and personal care services.  They plan to use their grant to spread the word on services provided, and to create an awareness about the need for donations and memorial contributions.  They want to share their mission, “to provide quality services that enable persons who are age 60 and over to live independently with dignity:” 

June – Zonta of Lenawee
The Adrian Zonta Club was chartered in 1959 with 20 professional and executive members.  Their mission then and now is “Improving the status of women, including major emphasis on mentoring and service, in the areas of youth and prevention of violence against girls and women”.  In the 1990’s the club became the Zonta Club of Lenawee.  They would use their Hometown Hope grant to educate the public on the Zonta mission, to invite members of the community to be a part of the club, and to start a dialog to address critical issues that are often underpublicized but are happening in our community; human trafficking, domestic violence, poverty and homelessness. 

July- Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry
Started in July of 2010 as a supplemental complimentary hunger relief program and arm of the Lenawee County mission, Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry now serves nearly 4,000 individuals a year.  The program is fashioned as a grocery, allowing for client choice in shopping, thereby creating a more dignified environment for customers.  Fishes and Loaves would like to use their grand to increase community partnerships and involvement in the pantry and collect donations in the summer, a time when donations are at their lowest. 

August-Associated Charities of Lenawee

Associated Charities of Lenawee began in December of 1912 to serve the citizens in need in our community.  They serve on average 60 families a day, and over 1000 families during the holiday season.  They provide all services free of charge to low income families and receive no state or federal funding.  They will be using their grant to increase awareness which would lead to an increase in donations for all the services they provide, including Back to School and their Christmas Program.  

September – Lenawee Humane Society
The Lenawee Humane Society was established in 1921.  They are a no-kill shelter and receive no government funding.  They are a safe haven for unwanted, abandoned and abused animals.  The operate a database to help reunite lost pets with their families and also offer a low cost spay/neuter clinic as well as a pet food bank for struggling families.  In the past year they have served over 1,000 pets and families through their programs.  They plan to use their Hometown Hope grant to become even more involved in the community, raise awareness for their programs and let people know how they can help and support animal welfare in Lenawee County. 

October - – Family Counseling and Children’s Services
FCCS overseas many programs in the community, including individual, marital, family and group counseling, the Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program, the Domestic Violence Alternative Program, Parent Education Program, and a state-licensed Foster Care and Adoption Program. They conduct approximately 3,000 counseling sessions annually, and provided emergency shelter, crisis intervention and legal advocacy to approximately 360 people.  They provided 11,575 shelter nights and 34,745 meals in 2014.  With the Hometown Hope Grant FCCS hopes to promote transparency for their organization, re-introduce vital helping programs to the community and create awareness for their services. FCCS has been in operation in Lenawee County since 1961, and will celebrate 55 years in 2016.

November – Siena Heights University  

Siena Heights University is a Catholic University founded in 1919 and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.  They are headquartered in Adrian, and have degree completion centers in Dearborn, Southfield, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Battle Creek, Lansing, Jackson and on line.  Siena Heights has numbers student groups and organizations on campus that perform hundreds of hours of community service work each year.  They also have several academic programs that perform service learning projects with local school children in Lenawee County.  They plan to use their grant to promote and grow their Siena Heights Food Drive.  This is an annual drive that was started by a faculty member and has grown into one of the largest drives of its kind in the county.  They would like to grow that drive and give the community a peek inside all the collaborative projects SHU does in partnership with the community. 

December – The Salvation Army of Lenawee                                                           The Salvation Army came to Lenawee County in 1896.  In 1929, they moved into their present location on Church Street in Adrian.  Every year, among other services, the Salvation Army provides over 20,000 meals and grocery orders to people who are food insecure.  They also meet the demand for other assistance, such as shelter, clothing and energy assistance.  Many people know the Salvation Army for their canteen services in times of emergency, but they are much more.  Their concept is to provide a hand up, rather than a hand out, with the ultimate goal self sufficiency.  The plan to use their grant to inform the public about all the services they provide and to promote their store, which offers clean affordable clothing and household items free to those in need, or for sale, where the proceeds support local programs throughout the year.